Clay expressions

by Jennifer Larue, The Spokesman-Review

They start off as lumps of clay, are formed and then given a name. They are nomads, fertility goddesses, painted spirits and totems that emerge from the earthy medium almost instinctually by artist Katrina Brennan. “For me, clay is my passion, and its voice speaks loud and clear. It’s my job to listen to it the moment I touch it, and respect its wishes,” Brennan explained in her artist’s statement. “If it wants to be an ancient unclothed woman welcoming death in the form of a raven, so be it. If it wants to be a pot with a network of human organs carved on its front, I listen. Who am I to judge?”

Brennan, 38, grew up in Spokane Valley. At Central Valley High School, she spent much of her time lifting weights and making art. She attended Spokane Falls Community College, then Eastern Washington University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in education with a focus in English and a minor in art.

She worked as a substitute art teacher for about a year, had a child and became a stay-at-home mom. “After Connor was born, I spent about five years focused on painting, teaching myself realism,” she said.

Later, Brennan showed her work for a couple of years at the Gallery of Thum on North Monroe Street. Currently, she works with children through the Behavioral Education Skills Training Program and at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.

A tour of her home in the Green Bluff area reveals she is able to paint just about anything. There are elaborate underwater scenes, portraits, whimsical bison and faux painting on the walls, including a space scene in Connor’s room.

While Brennan has the ability to paint whatever she or a client envisions, clay has become her new passion.

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